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Mitch Steffens earned a first at 119 and the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines placed second Saturday in the Wolverine Invitational. Class A's sixth-ranked wrestler posted a 16-5 major decision over Thief River Falls' Austin Hjelle in the championship match. Four WDC wrestlers earned runner-up honors. WDC's Sam Waln was decisioned 6-2 by Badger-Greenbush-Middle River's Ryan Bergeron. Jared Wegscheid was defeated 5-2 by Thief River Falls' Holden Nelson at 140. Along the way Wegscheid tied two other wrestlers for the tournament's fastest pin with a fall at the 34-second mark.
I have owned gun dogs that are good at reminding me of a rule you always obey in upland hunting -- once you start out on a hunt you better not stop. That dog is not going to stop until it hits paydirt so if you do it is your own fault if the bird flushes wild. The Minnesota Vikings started building a Super Bowl team the year Childress arrived. Zygi and Mark Wilf were going to finally bring an NFL championship to Minnesota no matter what it cost. They went from 8-8 to 10-6 to 12-4 and then they lost their focus.
Boys' Hockey Little Falls 21, Wadena-Deer Creek 0 Girls' Hockey Detroit Lakes 7, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 3 Boys' Basketball Long Prairie 52, Wadena-Deer Creek 37 Jordan Reed (WDC) 13 points, 11 rebounds Pine River-Backus 60, Verndale 58 Zach Meidinger (V) 26 points Girls' Basketball Wadena-Deer Creek 46, Staples-Motley 37 Courtney Volkmann (WDC) 14 points, Rachel Craig (WDC) 13 points Bertha-Hewitt 50, Verndale 42 Lizzy Yungbauer (V) 12 points
Boys' Hockey Eveleth-Gilbert 4, Wadena-Deer Creek 1 Wrestling Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational Team Results: Badger-Greenbush-Middle River (BGM) 222.5, Wadena-Deer Creek (WDC) 191, Perham (Per) 172, Thief River Falls (TRF) 147.5, Pequot Lakes Pine River Backus (PLB) 143.5, Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale (BHV) 111.5, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (LPG) 63, Unattached 42 Individual Results First: 119- Mitch Steffens (WDC), 125- Kasey Horn (BHV) Second: 103- Sam Waln (WDC), 140- Jared Wegscheid (WDC), 145- Jacob Wegscheid (WDC), 189- Isaac Lustila (WDC)
Supper was not quite on the table for some area residents Nov. 24 when the power failed for 1,784 Todd-Wadena Electric customers. Todd-Wadena buys electrical power from Minnesota Power and when a piece of equipment at a sub-station in Verndale failed, the resulting outage left customers in Wadena, Verndale and Aldrich in the dark. According to a report which Todd-Wadena line superintendent Mark Christianson received from Minnesota Power, a transformer and bus locked out for safety reasons. A lockout prevents further trouble but it also forces crews to respond.
The potential is there for Norman Gallant's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to claim a Section 6A wrestling title this season if the cards fall just right. Coming off an 8-9 season, the Wolverines are widely regarded as a serious challenger to Border West's claim on the section crown. The Buccaneers have another powerhouse of their own so a team trip to St. Paul in March could come down to a showdown in February. Keeping everyone healthy will be the key for WDC according to Gallant. "Our biggest issue is going to be health," Gallant said.
Sarah Beckstrom iced a pair of goals as the St. Louis Park Orioles crushed Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 8-1 Saturday in the second round of the Pequot Lakes Invitational. The Orioles erupted for six of their eight goals in the first period. George Behl's Blue Devils broke up the shutout in the third period when Katelyn Barthel pushed the puck into the net at the 16:32 mark. The Class AA Orioles out-shot the Blue Devils 39-9. The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 1-3. St.
Colin Turchin returns for a Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale wrestling club that had several grapplers shine individually last season. The big heavyweight is ranked sixth by the Guillotine in Class A after putting together a season that saw him win 32 of 43 matches and qualify for state with a runner-up finish in the Section 6A meet. The Raiders will be looking for new talent to take the places of Jake Braaten and Amos Schmidt. Both standouts joined Turchin at state. Braaten ended his prep career with a 144-62 record. His section victory and trip to St. Paul produced a 30-4 record.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines have brought a contagious condition with them from the fall volleyball season -- winning. First-year girls' basketball head coach Keith Ferris saw his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines rally from a 30-21 deficit Tuesday night to defeat traditional opening night foe Pierz 61-49 on the Elementary hardcourt. Coming off an unbelievable 33-0 volleyball season that made them the darlings and the champions of the Class AA state tournament, the Wolverines rode the double figure scoring of Emily Miron, Avery Jackson and Courtney Volkmann in beating Pierz.
A pheasant rooster standing on a yard in town, a Hungarian partridge on our front step, four big turkeys under a bird feeder and a wolf sleeping on West Battle Lake. These are four of the stories that imparted from relatives over the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend just past. What the heck is going on? Last Monday the area tasted a good dusting of snow followed by some horribly cold temperatures.